9 Sodium Shockers in Your Everyday Diet

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9 Sodium Shockers in Your Everyday Diet

Feeling bloated? It isn’t just those salty fries and chips you need to watch—sodium lurks large in some surprising dietary staples.

One slice of pasteurized fat-free cheddar or American = 321 mg of sodium

In general, you likely know to avoid “pasteurized prepared cheese product,” but even seemingly healthy low-fat cheese varieties can be high in salt. (Even cottage cheese, says Dr. Gulati, can have lots of sodium, with one half-cup serving packing about 330 mg.) Always check labels, and if you rely on cheese as a calcium source, sub some servings out each week for low-fat milk or yogurt.

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